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Debuting on CD here’s some must-have seventies’ soul from an often overlooked group. Featuring a handful of US R&B hits, starting with “Just As Long As You Need Me Pts 1 & 2” which hit the top ten in 1972, and followed by others, including “I Just Want To Be There”, “Leaving Me”, “Baby I’ve Been Missing You”, “It’s All Over” and “The First Time We Met”. At least five of these hits crossed over into the mainstream chart. Securing a formidable presence in the soul world, The Independents maintained a steady level of pure, sophisticated sounds that guaranteed them a high profile during their all too short career. Not a group I’m that familiar with so this is a very welcome addition to my collection.

Rating: 8

About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.

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